Nothing like a guy's weekend in Little Rock – at least one where you get to watch you future college team win it's biggest game of the regular season in person.
Arkansas commit Kelvin Fisher (5-11, 180), his dad and grandfather all flew from Arizona to watch the Razorbacks down LSU 31-23 Saturday at War Memorial Stadium.
"My dad and I had plan to go to one game this season and we thought it was going to be Alabama, but that didn't work out with my schedule," Fisher said. "So we looked for the next biggest game on the schedule and decided to make it for the LSU game in Little Rock.
"My grandfather actually came along with us, too," Fisher added. "It was kind of a guy's weekend away and turned out to be great bonding experience. The fact that we won just made it perfect."
Fisher, who starred as a prep for Gilbert Higley and is projected to play cornerback for Arkansas, was overwhelmed by Hog fans even before he got into the stadium.
"For starters, I have never seen tailgating like that and I have been to a lot of college games," Fisher said. "It was a tremendous experience and just blew us all the way. It was just a fantastic way to get ready for the game, which definitely lived up the hype."
Fisher, who will take his official visit to Arkansas on the Jan. 14th weekend after taking an unofficial back last summer, loved the atmosphere inside the stadium as well.
"It was so packed and so loud," Fisher said. "Our fans were great. It was just such great support and I know helped win the game."
Fisher had a premonition that Arkansas head coach Bobby Petrino wasn't going to just have his team kneel on the ball with six seconds left in the half.
Ryan Mallett hit Cobi Hamilton, two LSU defenders collided in mid-air and Hamilton – with an assist from fellow wideout Jarius Wright's block of LSU speedster Patrick Peterson - found the end zone after time had already expired on the clock.
"I didn't think that it would be for a touchdown, but I told my dad that I thought Coach Petrino would try something," Fisher said. "That ended up being one of the sickest things I have ever seen. The two LSU tacklers just wiped each other out and then it was off to the races. It was a great block and a great play."
That play and Arkansas deciding to go for it on fourth-and-3 from the LSU 39 early in the fourth quarter – something that resulted in a touchdown pass from Mallett to Joe Adams – showed Fisher something.
"It is a great to see a coach take risks because it shows he believes in his players and he believes in his team," Fisher said. "If he doesn't, it shows one of two things – either he doesn't believe in his team or he thinks he has a great defense that will not budge. I loved it. I love that I am going to have a coach like that in college."
The fact that Arkansas has put itself in a position to earn a BCS Bowl bid is very exciting to Fisher, whose team finished 6-6 this season.
"One of the things in the recruiting process is that you want to go to a program that is going to have a chance to be successful and play for championships," Fisher said. "It is clear that is what is going to be waiting on me at Arkansas. That's a great, great feeling."
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